Our Staff

Wildcare Foundation

Our Staff

Rondi Large, B.A.
Executive Director and Cofounder

Rondi volunteers full time leading and managing the organization. Rondi is a native of Maine but has lived in Oklahoma for the past 31 years. She is cofounder of WildCare and holds a B.A. from University of New Hampshire, Keene State College. Rondi worked in civil and environmental computer aided drafting for 18 years before leaving the business world to establish and dedicate her efforts full time to directing the operations of WildCare. In addition, Rondi is former Advisory Board member of the Oklahoma State University-­‐OKC Veterinary Technology Program, sits on the Kirkpatrick Foundation’s Oklahoma Roundtable for Animal Welfare, and has been a member of the International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council since 1994 and National Wildlife Rehabilitation Association since 1995.

O.T. Sanders, MS., Ph.D.
Facility Director and Cofounder

O.T. Sanders holds a B.S. in Zoology from Oklahoma State University, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Wildlife Biology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. O.T. is retired after working 26 years in the diagnostic medical industry. Prior to entering the world of business O.T. was an Assistant Professor of Zoology at Brunswick Community College, GA for one year and at North Carolina State University for four years. In addition O.T. served as an Assisance Chief of the Game Division of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for 3 years. O.T. Sanders assists with daily operations of WildCare and oversees facility maintenance and construction needs.

Dr. Faye Lorenzsonn, D.V.M.
Facility Veterinarian

Dr Faye has been WildCare's full-time veterinarian since moving to Oklahoma in May 2017. She holds s D.V.M. from the University of Wisconsin's School of Veterinary Medicine as well as a B.S. in Zoology. Faye has been helping wildlife since 2005. Prior to vet school she worked at the U.S.G.S. National Wildlife Center in conservation medicine and has volunteered at numerous wildlife rehabilitation centers. Faye loves making a difference for animals that would otherwise not get medical care and says doing avian orthopedic surgery is her favorite part of the job. When not at work, Faye enjoys swimming and hiking with her two dogs, Lily and LongJohn, at Lake Thunderbird and is happy to have made Oklahoma her home!

Bernadette Brady
Care Manager

Bernadette is a New York native that joined the WildCare crew in 2014 as an intern. Through out the years she worked her way from intern, to teamleader, and eventually made it to the care manager position. Bernadette has a degree in psychology and a background in working with a variety of exotic species in veterinary and zoo settings. While Bernadette feels incredibly thankful to have had a wide variety of experiences, her true passion is wildlife. Her greatest joy is going to work everyday and feeling like she is making a difference and being able to share that with interns and volunteers!

Elise Gundlach
Team Leader

Elise joined the WildCare team in 2016 and is a Certified Wildlife Rehabilitator from International Wildlife Rehabilitation Council certification program. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2013 with two B.S. degrees in Zoology and Biological Aspects of Conservation. Elise has been active in the wildlife rehabilitation field since 2011 and loves the variety of animal she sees, the medical aspects, and the fast paced atmosphere involved with wildlife rehabilitation. While she enjoys Oklahoma she thinks this state needs a bit more snow.

Adisen Hamm

An Oklahoma native, Adisen's love for animals and desire to see them thrive started early. From making sure her parents stopped for every turtle crossing the road to donating her birthday money to local shelters, her interest in animal welfare was present at a young age. Adisen went on taking every opportunity to learn more about working with animals whenever possible, whether on family farms or volunteering with multiple sanctuary and rescue organizations. After relocating to Norman to attend school, Adisen was offered the opportunity to join WildCare as an Intern in 2017 and later that year as a staff member. She loves the work she does, the important mission that WildCare serves and values the skilled, knowledgeable and caring co-workers who she learns from every day.

Nicole Rivera
Team Leader

Nicole graduated from Iowa State University with two B.S. degrees in Animal Science and Animal Ecology. She joined WildCare in 2016 as an intern where she learned how amazing raccoons are. Nicole has now become part of the leadership team at WildCare and serves as Raccoon Team Leader and Training Team Leader. Nicole says that getting to work with such great people and doing the fulfilling work that we do allows her to miss her homeland of Puerto Rico a little less.

Kristy Wicker
Community Liaison

As part-time Community Liaison, Kristy works with the public to effectively and compassionately handle wildlife emergencies and human-wildlife interactions in mostly urban environments. She also conducts most of our education programs. Originally from Illinois, Kristy earned a bachelor's degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois, working as a social worker for several years before returning to school to pursue a graduate degree from Texas A&M University where she received her master's degree in Wildlife and Fisheries Sciences. Kristy is also an independent researcher, consulting on several projects to improve and understand animal well-being and serves as a citizen member of the City of Norman's Animal Welfare Oversight Committee.

Kassidi Zarate
Team Leader

This Oklahoma native joined the WildCare team as a volunteer in 2016. After graduating with a B. A. in Wildlife Conservation from the University of Oklahoma, Kassidi accepted a position as an intern. Since then, she has been able to work with the variety of animals that WildCare accepts, and is now the Small Mammals Team Leader. Kassidi enjoys the many different aspects involved in her daily job, but her favorite is the unpredicatabilty and surprises every new day brings. Kassidi loves her home state and is honored to have the opportunity to give back to it.

Ali Zwanziger
Care Manager

Since 2013, this Pennsylvania native’s bubbly personality and can-do attitude has made her a priceless member of the WildCare team over the years as an Oklahoma work-study student, WildCare intern, and now Songbird, Waterfowl, and Raptor Team Leader. Ali says she loves that her work is outdoors, challenging, and unpredictable, and that she has the feeling of making a difference just by going in to work. She is a busy individual, always juggling her school work, work schedule, and care of several of her own “fur-kids” including a dog named Goose.

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